One Jordanian killed in Israeli embassy gunfire in Amman

CAIRO, Lobna Monieb (dpa)– One Jordanian died and two others, including an Israeli, were injured on Sunday by gunfire inside the Israeli embassy compound in the capital Amman, Jordanian security authorities said.
The gunfire erupted at a residential building within the embassy compound for hitherto-unknown reasons, Jordan’s public security directorate said in a statement.

The Jordanian man later died of gunshot wounds, the directorate added.
Another Jordanian was also injured in the incident.
“Preliminary investigations indicated that the two Jordanian citizens had entered the residential building to do carpentry,” the statement said, according to Jordan’s official news agency Petra.
In an initial report, the Jordanian newspaper al-Ghad said that a quarrel broke out at the Israeli embassy for unknown reasons, leaving the Jordanian with two gunshots in the shoulder and the Israeli stabbed in the chest.
The 17-year-old Jordanian later died of the injuries at an Amman hospital, the paper added, citing a security source.
The incident comes amid tensions in the Muslim world over restrictions on worship imposed by Israel at a holy site in Jerusalem.
On Friday, Jordanians held massive rallies in Amman and other parts of the country, protesting Israel’s increased security measures at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, Islam’s third holiest site.
Earlier on Sunday, Jordan requested an urgent meeting for Arab foreign ministers to discuss the situation in Jerusalem. The Arab League said the meeting would be held in Cairo on Thursday.
In 1994, Jordan became the second Arab after Egypt to establish diplomatic ties with Israel.

Monday, July 24th 2017
Lobna Monieb (dpa)

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